"Let's start a small revolution that, if extended to the whole city, can lead to a concrete improvement of the quality of the environment and the life of citizens", says Councillor Cristina Tajani. The small revolution she’s referring to is the introduction of an exclusively electric last mile delivery solution in the Sharing Cities pilot area between Porta Romana and Vettabbia.
Yesterday, Milan launched its sustainable last mile delivery service that will run, as a test, until December 2020. The service will be run using nine electric vans, as well as two electric cargo bikes, and it will supply customers of 11 supermarkets in the area between Porta Romana and Vettabbia.
"Today we are launching a small revolution in the complex world of logistics and at the same time we are expanding the actions of the administration to improve air quality in the city" said the Councillor for Labour Policies and Production Activities delegated to Smart City Cristina Tajani during the launch event, and she continued: "This project is part of the wider strategy of the City Council to make this area the first low energy city district responding to one of the most important challenges of our time: climate change. A challenge we’re able to tackle thanks to European funds that were allocated to us and that we have put to good use."
The eleven electric vehicles will cover an area of about twenty square kilometers and will serve about 2,000 customers for a total of approximately 50,000 deliveries per year. Deliveries will include online orders as well as orders placed directly at the stores and they will prioritise the needs of elderly people and people with disabilities. The vehicles are exclusively electric, and their power supply gives them a 70 hour autonomy. The use of these vehicles will reduce Co2 emissions by 22 tonnes in the district, improving its air quality.
The logistic operator is able to send real time data to Interoperability Platform of Milan Municipality, through open API, for a better management of service at city level. This e-logistics service is developed by For-Services, which was selected from the call for tenders issued by the Consortium Poliedra - Politecnico di Milano. For-Services was founded in 2010 with the aim of offering logistical services using an innovative and highly technological approach.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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